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Camp Geneva
3995 Lakeshore Dr

Holland, MI 49424
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gsWomen’s Retreat

Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 2018

Registration is closed

Price varies $99-$170 / person

Being Still. It can be SO VERY HARD to slow down in the midst of our busy lives! But at the end of the quiet is the answer to the deepest thirst of our souls and the source of the greatest delight for our spirit! In the quiet is where we meet, commune and fellowship with our creator. In the quiet is where we hear His voice and tap into his rest, joy, direction and power. Retreat 2018, Be Still, will be filled with teaching, activities and community building to help you find the quiet and know God.

From October 12-14, 2018, we’ll be enjoying our beautiful new setting at Camp Geneva, along the shores of Lake Michigan. You can expect even better opportunities to build connections with your Gracespring sisters as we have our own private spaces, our own speakers, worship leaders, breakouts sessions and activities. And with our theme of BE STILL we have worked hard to allow breathing room in our schedule, so you can be still, relax, and bask in God’s presence in the midst of some of his most beautiful handiwork!

Retreat 2018 begins with dinner Friday night and runs through Breakfast & Worship Sunday morning. All meals, activities, accommodations, crafts etc. are included in the registration price. We’ve even got some new housing opportunities that have allowed us to REDUCE our charges and still provide a comfortable place to sleep!

The deadline to sign up was Sunday, September 23. Therefore, registration is now closed.

Who is our Speaker?

Our Primary Speaker is wife, mom, author and teacher, Melanie Dekruyter. Melanie and her husband John have inspired many with their pursuit of the Lord through their daily joyful and generous living, their foundational teaching and their commitment to the community of believers. Melanie studied Historical Geography of the Bible, in Jerusalem and now co-leads trips for families to the Holy Land. She is a Foundations Tutor for Classical Conversations, a regular contributor for church-wide learning and blogs at textdwellers.com. From her textdwellers blog, she shares: “There is a rhythmic lifestyle outlined in the Bible of good work and pause. In the pause, we rest, catch our breath and reflect on God’s goodness. Out of this holy pause, we are able to do the good work set before us by the Maker of heaven and earth. We found this rhythm to be at first curious, then compelling and, increasingly it has become a delight. We have found the opportunities to be still together and reflect to be timely and much-needed shelters in our days and years. Our goal is to reflect on the ways this divine rhythm was taught and kept, and to imagine the ways it can make our lives sing with joy, gratitude, and peace.”

We are also pleased to have our beloved sister, Julie Six, joining us all the way from her new home in Traverse City! Julie has a contagious and confident zeal for Christ that she passionately shares in a way that is both deeply convicting and joyfully encouraging. She is a wife, mother, blogger, speaker, and a growing theologian in the midst of obtaining her Masters of Ministry with an emphasis in Biblical Theology and Discipleship. In her blog, Julie writes, “The Christian’s greatest ambition is to seek to experience the power of the Gospel in our own souls, and to bring forth its fruits in our lives; to live out the amazing realities and so become like Christ, which then draws others to Christ. Paul says to devote yourself to God’s Word, then exhort, teach, and practice these things and, in persisting, others will also be equipped for a devoted life of discipleship to Christ, our Lord. This is my motivation and my heart, through Christ alive in me.” To read more of Julie’s writing, visit her blog at https://juliesix.weebly.com.


Hotel Style Housing: In the Retreat Center are Hotel-Style Rooms, each with a private bathroom and two queen beds. On your registration form, you may choose “Shared Queen Bed” or “Have my Own Queen Bed”. As the Hotel-Style rooms are very limited, please use your best discretion when choosing to have your own bed.

Cabin Style Housing: Each Bunk House opens to a small sitting room and has 6 bunk beds (sleeps 12 at most) and a multi-stall/shower bathroom. On the registration form, you may choose “I really need a lower bunk” or “I have no preference on a lower or upper bunk”.

Meeting Space: NORMALLY, this is not all that worth mentioning….but this year we get to use the newly remodeled Chapel with sliding glass doors that open up to a waterside deck overlooking Lake Michigan. It’s a space reserved for JUST OUR GROUP! It’s truly beautiful and just invites you to be still and just breathe! Ahhhhhhhh……Can you just feel the peace washing over you already?

Weekend Schedule


6:00 pm Registration

6-8 pm “Dinner” and 24 hour snack buffet

8 pm – Opening Session

9-11 pm Activity Block


7:30 a.m. Optional Sunrise Activities

8:30 a.m. Breakfast

9:30 Sessions 2 & 3

11:15 – Be Still

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Tools

2:00-6:00 Free Time Activities

6:00 – Dinner

7:30 – Session 4

9:00 -11:00 – Activity Block


7:30 Optional Sunrise Activities

8:30 Breakfast

9:30 Session 5

11:00 Depart

What to Bring

What to bring:

A Snack: to share for our 24-hour snack station. We will NOT have access to refrigeration so if you need to keep something cold, please bring a cooler with ice.   Because of allergies, it would be SUPER helpful if you label ingredients on homemade items.

Clothing: Casual, comfortable clothing in layers. Be prepared for more unpredictable lakeshore breezes and weather.   Good walking shoes, modest sleepwear, rain gear (as needed). *All housing is heated.

Personal Items: Bath items, sunscreen, bug spray.

In the Cabins: Linens are NOT provided. Please bring pillows, twin bedding or sleeping bags, towels, washcloths etc.

In the Retreat Center Hotel-Style Rooms: bedding and towels are provided.

Additional Info

MEALS:  All meals except Friday night’s arrival dinner will be served Buffet Style in the main dining room.  On Friday Night we will have a light supper available as you arrive, served in the back of the chapel, from approximately 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Coffee is available 24/7 just outside the main dining room.

Activities: If you have been to past retreats, you know they have been busy with “doing”. This year’s theme is BE STILL, so we’re going to get busy, “being”.  There will still be plenty to do, but come expecting a slower pace and more opportunities to connect through activities with other gracespring women and with the Lord.  Here’s some of what we have planned: Sunrise Yoga on the Beach, Spa Room, Prayer Walks, Beach Volleyball, Gym Activities, Game Room Activities, Game Night, Campfires, Smores, 24-hour Snack Station, Prayer “War” Room, Movie Night, Crafts, Volleyball, Frisbee Golf & More! 

About out Theme:  We’ve heard a lot over the last weeks about the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives and how to connect to HIS power and presence. But in the midst of our busy lives, it’s just plain HARD to slow our thoughts, connect our heart and be still so we can truly HEAR and KNOW God. It’s our prayer as a women’s ministry team that this weekend away will give you some Biblical teaching to drive your hunger for being still, some practical tools to equip you to Be Still, some intentional time to practice being still and some accountability to encourage ongoing connection.  Can you imagine the IMPACT a group of 100 women who are truly HEARING FROM and KNOWING GOD could be?  We can!  And we’re excited to see How God will change and grow you as you quiet yourself and tune in to Him!


How far is Camp Geneva from gracespring?
About 1 hour 17 minutes from Gracespring. From the Southeast: Take US-131 north to M6. Take M6 to I-196 and continue west to Exit 55 (Holland/Zeeland) which will put you on Business 196 heading west. Take Business 196 west to US-31 (approximately 6 miles). Take US-31 north to Quincy Street (approximately 2 miles north of Westshore Mall). Take Quincy Street west to Camp Geneva (approximately 5.5 miles).

Can I carpool with someone?
Yes! You will be asked on your registration form if you’d like to carpool and approximately when you are able to depart.  We will arrange for at least two “meet-up” times for departure and will email everyone with those times closer to departure.

Are we doing anything after camp on Sunday?
Nothing formal. But we will have some optional sign-ups for some activities in and around the Holland area for Sunday afternoon if extending your getaway in this beautiful part of Michigan fits into your schedule!

Can I come for just one night? Can I come just for the day?
You could, BUT you would pay the same bunkhouse rates.

How many people will there be per room?
The hotel rooms will accommodate up to 4 in two queen beds. If you reserve your own queen bed there could be 2-3.   In the bunk houses there are 12 bunks. We are hoping to put no more than 10 per bunkhouse. Both the hotel facilities and the bunkhouses are very close to the dining hall and meeting space and everything is fairly well connected with sidewalks and roads.

What if I register but have to cancel?
We are committed to a specific number of attendees with the camp. If you need to cancel we will do our best to help you fill your spot and refund you.  If we are unable to fill your spot we will not be able to issue a refund.

How would my family contact me in an emergency?
Camp Geneva: 616-399-3150


October 12, 2018
October 14, 2018
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Sherry Crossley
269.629.9622 ext 229